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Session 35

How to know God’s will

Read: Genesis 31:1-21

Most of us would love to hear the audible voice of God. But let’s be real: Even if God spoke to us audibly, we would probably still hesitate in taking our next step.

What if that wasn’t God?

What if I misheard or misunderstood?

We can know if an opportunity is from the Lord by asking ourselves two questions: Does this decision line up with God’s Word? And, is this command in line with God’s character? God will never contradict Himself (Hebrews 13:8).  

In Genesis 31:3, God tells Jacob,  “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

Our obedience will always bring God glory.

Even though Jacob and Laban’s relationship had been strained, uprooting his family would not have been an easy decision to make. Jacob had to convince his wives to come. They had to gather the children, relocate the entire family. There were camels and possessions and sheep. And, Jacob had to do this while knowing that Laban would be upset by his move.

But, as Jacob told Leah and Rachel about what He heard God say, it became clear that the Lord had been paving the way for Jacob to make this move. The move lined up with what God had told Jacob previously when He said, “[I will] bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15). The move was also in line with God’s character. God had promised to watch over Jacob, and despite Laban’s best efforts to preserve his own legacy, Jacob had continued to prosper under Laban’s house.

Doing what God tells us to do isn’t always easy.

But how, exactly, do we hear from God? And how do we know it’s the Lord’s leading and not our own desires?

Doing what God tells us to do isn’t always easy. And sometimes God’s directions aren’t as specific as we’d like them to be. But our obedience will always bring glory to Him (Romans 11:33-36).

Reflect

  • Is there one thing that the Lord keeps placing on your heart over and over again? What’s one step you can take this week to do what God is prompting you to do?
  • Are you spending time with God every day? A reading plan is a great place to start.  

1

How much beauty do you miss every day?

How much beauty do you miss every day?

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2

How to survive an identity crisis

How to survive an identity crisis

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3

What to remember when you think you don’t have time for rest

What to remember when you think you don’t have time for rest

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4

Four ways the husband and wife bond is unlike any other

Four ways the husband and wife bond is unlike any other

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5

One time compromise is not OK

One time compromise is not OK

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6

God has a question for you

God has a question for you

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7

What does God really want?

What does God really want?

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8

Are you making the most of your time?

Are you making the most of your time?

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9

What to do when following Jesus feels foolish

What to do when following Jesus feels foolish

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10

Ever wonder why God showed you mercy?

Ever wonder why God showed you mercy?

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11

Are you tired of waiting?

Are you tired of waiting?

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12

Need proof that God keeps His promises?

Need proof that God keeps His promises?

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13

The best way to handle someone else’s mistake

The best way to handle someone else’s mistake

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14

What are you building your life on?

What are you building your life on?

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15

God cares about the big and small stuff in your life

God cares about the big and small stuff in your life

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16

How to set the stage for blessing

How to set the stage for blessing

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17

What to do when friends walk away from God

What to do when friends walk away from God

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18

God doesn’t lie

God doesn’t lie

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19

What to do when God seems to be taking His time

What to do when God seems to be taking His time

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20

You are not alone in your pain

You are not alone in your pain

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21

What do you need to let go of?

What do you need to let go of?

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22

How do you handle the impossible?

How do you handle the impossible?

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23

You aren’t who you used to be

You aren’t who you used to be

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24

Who to call when you hit rock bottom

Who to call when you hit rock bottom

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25

Put your belief into practice

Put your belief into practice

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26

What you need to know about God’s timing

What you need to know about God’s timing

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27

One time desperation is a good thing

One time desperation is a good thing

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28

When opportunity comes, opposition often follows

When opportunity comes, opposition often follows

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29

What to do when you know you’ve messed up

What to do when you know you’ve messed up

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30

The proper response to sin

The proper response to sin

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31

How to break the hold jealousy has on your life

How to break the hold jealousy has on your life

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32

God wants a relationship with you

God wants a relationship with you

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33

Are you willing to work for it?

Are you willing to work for it?

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34

God is always faithful

God is always faithful

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35

How to know God’s will

How to know God’s will

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36

Wrestling with the right things

Wrestling with the right things

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37

Your life is never beyond repair

Your life is never beyond repair

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38

Don’t let temptation win

Don’t let temptation win

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39

What are you willing to do to get out this?

What are you willing to do to get out this?

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40

Your life has a ripple effect

Your life has a ripple effect

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41

Don’t stop chasing your dreams

Don’t stop chasing your dreams

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42

Your pain is not in vain

Your pain is not in vain

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43

Finding the balance between responsibility and reward

Finding the balance between responsibility and reward

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44

Give God control

Give God control

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45

The friend who never fails

The friend who never fails

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46

You’re not being punished

You’re not being punished

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47

Are you blinded by sin?

Are you blinded by sin?

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48

God always shows up

God always shows up

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